The Economics Gallery gives an overview of Malaysia’s economic growth since the independence and also covers how economic policies affect the nation’s development and subsequently the global economy. I learnt more about economics in my short time here than I ever did in school!
Next, we explored the Numismatics Gallery which showcases the early history of money when objects of varying shapes and sizes were commonly accepted as currency within the region. My kids were most excited about the ‘Barter Trade’ game, although they weren’t really ‘winning’ at it. There’s also an extensive collection of both old and new banknotes from all over the world on display.
The Art Gallery houses beautiful paintings, by local and foreign artists, which I was informed are displayed on rotation. I didn’t dare to stay long as I was too worried my kids might poke at the exquisite (and expensive!) pieces or worse, pull them off the walls.
The gallery does host free arts and crafts programmes for kids, although we haven’t had a chance to participate as the recent ones conducted were catered for those six years and above. Check out their website and social media accounts for updates on this.
If you’re feeling peckish after your visit, there is a cafe on the ground floor by the Children’s Gallery. There is also a little souvenir shop for some great gifts.
The Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Gallery is open from 10 am – 6 pm daily and entrance to the galleries is free. Bags will be checked upon entry to the building and not allowed into the galleries. You can leave your bags at the lockers provided with a RM1 deposit.
The Museum is reachable by LRT (Bandaraya Station) or komuter service (Bank Negara Station) with a 10 minutes walking distance. Visitors may also drive and park at the basement with a RM5 fare per entry (free parking on public holidays/weekends).